Self-reflection helps you steer your thoughts, emotions, and feelings in a healthy direction.
Creating our Step 4 inventories can be a miserable endeavor. Basically, we’re dredging up the worst parts of ourselves and writing them down on paper, knowing we’ll soon be sharing this information with another person (as part of Step 5). If we’re working on Step 4 and we start to feel serious anxiety or depression, we should take a break. We can put the step away for a day or two and share what we’re feeling with friends and loved ones who support our recovery. Later, when we are less overwhelmed, we can return to this work. As long as we don’t put it off indefinitely.
Task for Today
Accept the emotional discomfort that comes with recovery.